• TWS: Independence Day

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    Posted on July 4, 2014

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    Tony Ward Early Work: The New: TonyWard.com


  • Discover Talent: Easely

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    Posted on June 24, 2014

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    Art work by Mikel Elam available: Easely.io Copyright 2014.

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  • TWS: Happy Father’s Day

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    Posted on June 15, 2014 by Tony Ward

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    Editor’s Note: Milt Ward with sons Mark and Dwight. The Jersey shore, Circa 1950. Photograph courtesy of Family Legacy Project, estate of Milt Ward. Copyright 2014. To learn more about the Family Legacy Project, go to the search bar at the top of the page: type in Milt Ward and click the green icon.


  • Exhibitions: Seraphin Gallery

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    Joe Mooney
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    June 13 – July 20, 2014 Opening Reception: Friday, June 13, 6 -8 PM

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    Seraphin Gallery proudly presents its next exhibition of 2014 with Joe Mooney entitled “Facets.” The exhibition will run from June 13 through July 20 with an opening reception on Friday, June 13, from 6 – 8 PM.

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    A facet can be defined as, “an aspect or phase of a personality.” For Joe Mooney, this exhibition of recent work is a culmination of his thoughts and experiences, taking shape in eleven sculptures, each with their own unique journey from inception to completion. “Facets” showcases these works, made of steel or stainless steel, all from 2013 -2014.

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    While Mooney has completed sculptures in wood, as in his “Prophet” series, he is very drawn to working in steel because of the physicality involved. And unlike many other artists, he prefers to show his cutting edges. This serves to reveal the artist’s hand in his works, as well as to create a rougher and more tactile appearance. Steel is also a more dynamic material, creating a active relationship between shape and space. Its lines curve and turn as he creates each piece, resulting in a form that is caught in both space and time.

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    Mooney is an avid reader, gaining inspiration from the words and stories he has consumed over a lifetime. The theme of the struggling hero has largely influenced his work, seen clearly in his “Gilgamesh” and “Moses” series. These heroic figures, real and fictional, reflect the same struggle encountered during Mooney’s process, between the gesture he is creating and the space pushing back against it.

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    Joe Mooney received his MFA from Alfred University in Alfred, New York. He has exhibited his work at The Kouros Gallery New York, Museo De Arte Contemporaneo De Monterrey, Mexico, The Michener Museum, and the Woodmere Museum of Art, as well as many others throughout the country. His commissions and corporate collections include George Washington University, Washington D.C., Berman Museum at Ursinus College, PA, Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, PA, and Quiet Waters Sculpture Park, Annapolis, MD, among others.

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  • In Memorium: The Passing of Christine Kessler

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    Posted on June 8, 2014 by Eric Kroll

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    ……….I could get this wrong. The only person who could verify these things I write is dead. Christine Kessler took her own life recently. There are not enough safety nets and she took a leap and there was nothing there to catch her.

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    I realize I’ve been asked by Chris to write the facts but there weren’t a great deal of facts after her last break-up. Like the photographer Roy Pinney, she quit taking photographs after he and she broke up.

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    I remember Christine in her kitchen cooking turkey dinner for a small bunch of fetish misfits, me included. I remember being at the Bordello for a performance and I was hanging outside and there was an unrecognizable giantess covered COMPLETELY in rubber from head to toe framed by streaming rubber ribbon to boot. I went to snap her and the face under the face mask laughed and said “hi, Eric”. It was Christine.

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    There are many interesting bathrooms in Los Angeles but hers after a “shoot” or after a night in rubber was fantastic. She, unlike most fetishists, knew how to preserve her rubber wear and there it was, hanging out to dry.

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    I just came from the memorial funeral for the great glamour photographer Bunny Yeager, and I spoke about how she got from her models something that no male photographer could get. I realized the models looked happy and relaxed in a way men photographers in the ‘50’s and 60’s were unable to achieve.
    Christine Kessler elicited the same. I remember Stoya’s pussy peeking out from between her legs where she sat on the floor for Christine and I remember Stoya’s other smile.

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    Bunny made the outfits her models wore. Christine did her model’s websites like Emily Marilyn and Masuimi Max.
    But she lost her lust for photography and STOPPED producing. No more website maintenance for herself (My Fetish Diary) or others. No more photos. No more turkey dinners.

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    After I left LA, I wrote the introduction to her Nylon Girls (Goliath) which meant a lot of phone time with her, which I liked. We could bitch about the fetish scene but then as time added on her thoughts and feelings got darker and I knew from Dave Naz and others in the LA photo scene that she stopped coming around. The last time we spoke she said she did not see anyone.

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    Even so, we agreed to go out the next time I was free in LA and for over a year things got in the way – the terrible passing of photographer Carlos Batts, a member of the Independent Salon across the street from the Paris Photo LA where I hung work with Naz, Steve Diet Goedde, Victor Lightworship, Ed Fox, Bob Adler, Eric Swenson and Lisa Derrick’s Booth. Christine should have been in that show, but she had left that world…and then left the world entirely.

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    Editor’s Note: Posted with the permission of Eric Kroll, originally written for AVN publishing.


  • Cover Shoot: June 2014

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    Posted on June 3, 2014

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    Photography by Tony Ward, Copyright 2014.

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    Tony Ward Portfolio: The New: TonyWard.com


  • Alejandra Lee Vargas: Paine’s Park

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    Posted on June 3, 2014 by Alejandra Lee Vargas

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    ……….The city of Philadelphia is famous for its skateboarding culture. From its engagement with the city to the quality of its public skate parks, Philly is undoubtedly empowering its youth by supporting the art of skateboarding and its benefits to neighborhoods and people.

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    On May 22nd 2013, Paine’s Park finally opened to the public after ten years of advocacy, fundraising and project development. Paine’s Park project was first conceptualized in 2002 with the vision of accommodating skateboarding as an important energizing force behind the life and movement of public space. Currently, such a project has become a model for integrating laudable landscape architecture and city panning with skateboarding in mind.

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    Designed by Anthony Bracali and Brian Nugent, Paine’s Park is located along the banks of the Schuylkill River in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Located at such a beautiful and convenient public gathering point, Paine’s Park allows Philadelphia’s youth to come together as a community to share their passion not only for skateboarding but also for cycling and skating.

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    Paine’s Park represents the steadfast commitment of the Philadelphia’s skateboarding community, city and state governments, neighborhood groups, and members of the architecture and design communities. Without the perseverance and hard work of these associations, Philadelphia’s vision of strengthening communities and advocating for skaters through public skating parks would not have become a reality.

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    Paine’s Park is not a replacement for LOVE Park. Instead, it is a new way of integrating recreation and public space. It is a unique way of educating youth and adults about the art of skateboarding. Paine’s Park is innovation at its best.

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    Photography and Text by Alejandra Lee Vargas, Copyright 2014

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    Editor’s Note: Alejandra Lee Vargas is a freshmen enrolled in the College of the University of Pennsylvania. Class of 2017. To read more articles by Ms. Vargas, go to the search bar at the top of the page, enter name: click the green search icon.


  • Exhibitions Philadelphia: Vets Finding a Home

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    Posted on May 28, 2014

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    Photography by Harvey Finkle, Copyright 2014.

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    Editor’s Note: To see more of Harvey Finkle’s photography, log on: Web: HarveyFinkle.com


  • Monica Sim: Eleanor Rigby

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    Posted on May 27, 2014 by Monica Sim

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    ………..All the lonely people.

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    We live in a frenetic world, full of others. It is often a wonder how so much of our lives are spent engaging only with ourselves. We are unaware but also indifferent to the colorful lives of others.

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    The Beatles write in Eleanor Rigby about the tragedy of people living in dreams, pursuing daily obligations, but never knowing who it is for, or why they would care. A look at life in this perspective offers a sobering realization that perhaps loneliness is a much more prevalent affliction than we would normally believe.

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    We choose to do it alone. We will wait alone. And we accept our misery alone.

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    A crowded world, billions large. Still, we would rather amble about purposelessly, than find another to share with. Scars of lives past cause our vulnerable hearts to prefer only for our reflections to accompany us.

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    Photography and Text by Monica Sim, Copyright 2014

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    About The Author: Monica Sim is a graduate student enrolled in the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania. To access more articles by Monica Sim, go to the search bar at the top of the page, type in name: click the green icon.


  • TWS: Erotica

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    Posted on May 21, 2014

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    Photography by Tony Ward, Copyright 2014

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    Tony Ward Portfolio: The New: TonyWard.com